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In Yellville, Arkansas, the community celebration of the year is the annual Turkey Trot. The featured event is the "turkey drop" in which live turkeys are tossed from planes to waiting townspeople.

University of Arkansas at Fayetteville poultry science professor Yvonne Vizzier Thaxton told Arkansas Online, "Placing turkeys in an environment that is new to them is stressful. In the case of an airplane, the noise would also be a stress-producing fear reaction. Dropping one from 500 feet is a horrific act of abuse."

This fear reaction has caused many birds to plummet to their deaths after being hurled from the plane. Those turkeys who survive the shock of their deplaning must then contest with a massive, bloodthirsty crowd who will fight to capture the frightened animal before slaughtering it. Only a few lucky turkeys manage to glide away to safety and freedom.

It's unclear if the turkeys are wild or domesticated, but even if they are the wild, flying variety, turkeys are not high altitude fliers. Wild turkeys stay at an altitude of less than 100 feet. Five-hundred feet, the height required by the FAA, is far above a turkey's normal flight ceiling.

This public abuse and massacre of animals should not constitute legitimate fun or entertainment. There is no excuse for this barbarism.

Tell the Governor of Arkansas, the Arkansas Attorney General, and the Arkansas Aviation and Aerospace Commission to work together to spearhead the prosecution of any person involved in the abuse of turkeys in Yellville and enact legislation which prevents this from occurring again in the future. Don't turn a blind eye to those who attempt to pass off animal abuse entertainment!

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To the Governor of Arkansas, the Arkansas Attorney General, and the Arkansas Aviation and Aerospace Commission,

I am writing to you today to express my complete shock and disgust at learning about Yellville's annual "Turkey Trot" event, wherein the main attraction is the hurling of live turkeys from planes to waiting townspeople.

Local officials argue that because turkeys can fly, there is no abuse occurring, but that's a willfully ignorant position which ignores the fact that wild turkeys, if these are in fact wild turkeys, have an altitude ceiling of 100 feet.

University of Arkansas at Fayetteville poultry science professor Yvonne Vizzier Thaxton told Arkansas Online, "Placing turkeys in an environment that is new to them is stressful. In the case of an airplane, the noise would also be a stress-producing fear reaction. Dropping one from 500 feet is a horrific act of abuse."

This fear reaction has caused many birds to plummet to their deaths after being hurled from the plane. Those turkeys who survive the shock must then contest with a massive, bloodthirsty crowd who will fight to capture the frightened animal before slaughtering it. Only a few lucky turkeys manage to glide away to safety and freedom.

This public abuse and massacre of animals should not constitute legitimate fun or entertainment. There is no excuse for this barbarism.

Please, work together to spearhead the prosecution of any person involved in the abuse of turkeys in Yellville and enact legislation which prevents this from occurring again in the future. Don't turn a blind eye to those who attempt to pass off animal abuse entertainment!

Thank you,

Petition Signatures


Sep 19, 2017 debbie Cheshire
Sep 19, 2017 Vicki Hayes I'm disgusted at this cruel and "backward" form of entertainment. Animals feel pain, fear and other emotions. To subject turkeys to such cruelty and abuse should not even be a matter of discussion, animal abuse is illegal in most states, isn't it in AR
Sep 18, 2017 Meghan Croyts
Sep 18, 2017 oren k
Sep 17, 2017 Candy Duncan
Sep 17, 2017 PJ Chambers
Sep 17, 2017 Michele Miller
Sep 16, 2017 Jillian Beaulieu
Sep 16, 2017 kathleen michael
Sep 16, 2017 Karen Naylor Absolutely disgusting abuse.
Sep 15, 2017 Sister/Dr. Gross This horrible act of cruelty must stop and never be allowed again!!!
Sep 15, 2017 Jacqueline Peter
Sep 14, 2017 Corrina Parker
Sep 14, 2017 Lisa Scharin
Sep 14, 2017 cristiane pimentel
Sep 14, 2017 Lin Oliver
Sep 14, 2017 Kristie Hatton
Sep 14, 2017 Deborah Moore
Sep 14, 2017 Dawn Barber
Sep 13, 2017 Beverly Schwarz
Sep 13, 2017 Lois f
Sep 13, 2017 Alexandra Harteam
Sep 13, 2017 Gillian Lee
Sep 13, 2017 lisa fields DON'T!!
Sep 13, 2017 Nichole Canino Mellerke
Sep 13, 2017 Malgorzata Dragowska
Sep 13, 2017 Reem Hasan
Sep 13, 2017 Paula Pucharella
Sep 13, 2017 Maxine Clark
Sep 13, 2017 jackie lewthwaite
Sep 13, 2017 Darja Kadenšek
Sep 13, 2017 Alice Gem
Sep 13, 2017 Vivian Lieb
Sep 13, 2017 Marie Keough
Sep 11, 2017 Nadene Herringshaw
Sep 11, 2017 Trixie Santos
Sep 11, 2017 drue cali
Sep 10, 2017 Sharon gooding
Sep 9, 2017 Eleni Panagiotidou
Sep 9, 2017 Renata Allocco
Sep 9, 2017 Kathy Rush
Sep 9, 2017 Mandy Statham What the hell is wrong with people...Jeez talk about savages. Humans are the cruelest animals on the planet! I'd rather be in a room with a bunch of wild animals than people.
Sep 9, 2017 Stevie littrell
Sep 8, 2017 Pauline Berg
Sep 7, 2017 Bonnie Clyne
Sep 7, 2017 Allen Vergakis
Sep 7, 2017 Setsuko Yamamoto
Sep 7, 2017 Jacqueline Johnson
Sep 6, 2017 Mara Mandell
Sep 6, 2017 Mary O'Malley these people are just sick

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